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Old Dec 14, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Well, if she had destroyed it, you would have deserved it. You're a bad, bad man...
Yup!!! LOL....

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Old Dec 14, 2012, 04:53 PM
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I have an amazing ability to over think everything and make projects like this take several times longer than they should

Still, I may be able to get to it In the next month, but not in the next couple weeks, and January does get colder, and sooner or later the runway will be snow covered. I'm not going to risk maidening my first really nice plane with freezing fingers or an iffy runway.
Over-thinking on any 3DHS plane is not necessary, just follow the instructions...

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Old Dec 14, 2012, 05:41 PM
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My first slick took 4-5 hours. I think I could trim a lot off that now.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Over-thinking on any 3DHS plane is not necessary, just follow the instructions...

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If it was necessary, it wouldn't be over-thinking

Seriously, thanks for the encouragement guys, I probably will try to get it built as soon as I have the time, just in case there is a nice day to fly.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:15 PM
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If it was necessary, it wouldn't be over-thinking

Seriously, thanks for the encouragement guys, I probably will try to get it built as soon as I have the time, just in case there is a nice day to fly.
Believe me when I say, I am very "finicky" (some might use another word) when I build a plane, (which is one reason most people have no qualms about buying a plane I have built), and though, yes, there are a few things I do differently, that is not because they need to be done differently, but rather, just because I have my own way of doing some things. For instance, I don't like "swiss cheese" firewalls, and when I install a motor that needs different bolt holes than what is stock, I will usually replace the firewall...No real need to do so...it's just my way of doing things....

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Old Dec 14, 2012, 08:01 PM
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And that's why we like ya Steve
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 08:09 PM
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And that's why we like ya Steve
Thank you my friend!! But I thought it was for my handsome face and bubbly personality....

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Old Dec 15, 2012, 02:23 AM
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Steve T,

Who mentioned a while back what ply you used and where you got it from but I can't find which thread it was in again. Can you please let me know again.

Thanks
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 03:00 AM
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Well....there is Birch plywood and "lite" ply... The Birch plywood is the hard stuff, and lite ply is the "soft" soft stuff. Either one can usually be found in any good hobby shop is thicknesses. You should be able to find Birch plywood ranging from 1/64" up to 1/4" (sometimes 3/8").

You will normally find Birch plywood in 1/64", 1/32", 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" thicknesses and in 6"X12" sheets, 12"X12" sheets, 12"X24" sheets and 12X48" sheets.

Lite ply is actually Poplar plywood, usually found in 3/32" 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" thicknesses in the same size sheets.

Tower Hobbies has a wide selection of plywood's found here..

National Balsa has a wide selection found here...

And Midwest Model products has it, found here...

I am sure you can find model plywood's in Australia, but they may be in metric sizes instead of SAE (fractional inch) sizes.

Neither of these types of plywood's are exactly the same as the plywood's used in Chinese made ARF's, but the Birch plywood can be substituted, at the cost of slight additional weight, but greater strength...

Hope this helps....

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Old Dec 15, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Steve the only downside of Birch ply is that it cannot be laser cut without major charring... unless there is something we don't know (highly possible). Our laser won't do it. the birchwood is just too reflective.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 12:53 PM
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Steve the only downside of Birch ply is that it cannot be laser cut without major charring... unless there is something we don't know (highly possible). Our laser won't do it. the birchwood is just too reflective.
Well.....it can be cut, but you need a high power laser, and yes, there is charring and smoking. I had a new motor box made for the 70" Velox that I designed for use with a Hacker A60-5XS, and yes, it got smoked pretty badly, but the cuts were not ragged or anything.

Do you know where to find the type of plywood that is used in the Chinese kits? I wouldn't mind stocking up on some, just for that reason.

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Old Dec 15, 2012, 01:10 PM
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I haven't ordered any, but I had this place bookmarked for that very reason

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...s/02-28050.php
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 01:21 PM
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I haven't ordered any, but I had this place bookmarked for that very reason

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...s/02-28050.php
That is still birch plywood, not the Chinese stuff.... It is just in metric sizes. I have used it before.

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Old Dec 15, 2012, 01:23 PM
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Oh, but at least it is 2mm, what wood is the Chinese stuff?
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 04:13 PM
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Steve I know you can find it in China I have scoured the internet for a U.S. distributor. I can only find birch in that 3/32 thickness.
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